May 22 2007

Hog Heaven!

High corn price mean pigs eat candy bars, french friesAnother Reeces, please!

Oh, the life of a pig… Due to the rising price of corn (thanks to increased production of corn ethanol), farmers all over America are substituting relatively cheap junk food to keep their porkies plump!

“Besides trail mix, pigs and cattle are downing cookies, licorice, cheese curls, candy bars, french fries, frosted wheat cereal and peanut-butter cups. Some farmers mix chocolate powder with cereal and feed it to baby pigs,” writes Lauren Etter.

My wife calls that last one “puppy chow” when she makes it! It’s mmm… good!

“California farmers are feeding farm animals grape-skins from vineyards and lemon-pulp from citrus groves. Cattle ranchers in spud-rich Idaho are buying truckloads of uncooked french fries, Tater Tots and hash browns.”

Mom’s, don’t let your kids read this article, you’ll never hear the end of it: “But MOOOMMM, even FARMERS let their animals eat french fries, peanut butter cups and licorice for dinner, why can’t you let ME??!!”

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About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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